During its more than two centuries of existence, Peugeot has produced different models of great success that have positioned the lion brand as one of the most awarded in Europe. In total, five have been the Peugeot designated as Car of the Year in Europe, although there are other mythical models such as the Peugeot 205, with its iconic GTi version at the front, or the Peugeot 402, the first convertible in history, that have been remained in the retina of motor lovers forever.
The first model to win the Car of the Year award in Europe 2017 was the Peugeot 504, in 1969. It stood out for its dynamic design, signed by Pininfarina, which expressed robustness, refinement and classicism. At the wheel, he stood out for his excellent driving pleasure and road behavior. It came to the markets with luxury equipment for the time, with seat belts, radio cassette player, 4-wheel disc brakes, hydraulic steering, air conditioning and electric windows.
Its reliability and versatility made it a long-lived model, with several body versions, such as a saloon, coupe, station wagon and even a pick-up. Precisely, these last two versions made this model the "King of the Road" in Africa. It continued to be manufactured in Kenya and Nigeria many years after its production in Europe ceased.
The next Peugeot model awarded by Europe was the Peugeot 405, in 1988. This model defined the image of Peugeot at the end of the 80s and during much of the 90s, taking up features started by the Peugeot 205. It stood out for offering great driving pleasure, with high-level suspensions even in the finishes. basic. It equipped the first turbodiesel of the PSA Group, of 90 CV.
Its performance was key to cementing the success of diesel engines in the brand. It was the last Peugeot to be marketed in the United States and is still being manufactured in Iran and Egypt today. He still has the record of votes in the contest: 54 of the 57 members of the jury gave him the highest score. The Peugeot 405 T16 won the Dakar Rally in 1989 and 1990.
It was not until 24 years later that Peugeot would once again reign in Europe with a model: the Peugeot 307, in the year 2002. It was a model that knew how to find an optimal balance between an attractive aesthetic, inspired by the Peugeot 206, and a functional, spacious and versatile interior, with sliding rear seats. Comfort was ensured by a unique suspension setting, low noise level and a large windscreen, which ensured visibility and light. Its powerful brakes made it very easy to drive. For the first time in the segment, it introduced the FAP particulate filter, associated with the 2.0L HDi engine.
Twelve years later, in 2014, a new Peugeot model once again won the Car of the Year award in Europe: the Peugeot 308. Due to its variety of versions, bodies and engines, ranging from 82 hp to 270 hp, the Peugeot 308 embodied the various facets of the brand's new era.
Under its body, with an elegant and balanced design, was hidden the EMP2 platform, a prodigy of flexibility, technology and efficiency developed by the PSA Group for the medium and high-end ranges of its three brands.
But it is inside where the great advance of the lion brand was appreciated: the innovative Peugeot i-Cockpit® cockpit shone with its own light, although the 308 was not the first model to equip it, it was the one that used it more markedly, with a compact and small steering wheel, a Head-Up Display system that allowed information to be consulted without taking your eyes off the road, a raised center console and a touch screen that offered a more intuitive driving.
And finally, the great Peugeot SUV, the only one in its segment that has won this award so far: the Peugeot 3008. Both for its revolutionary next-generation Peugeot i-Cockpit®, its almost unlimited customization possibilities thanks to the Amplify option, as well as for its modernist design, its multiple driving assistance systems, its optimized architecture or its high-tech equipment of minimal consumption and great environmental sustainability, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV has managed, in a very short time, to be one of the models most chosen by the general public in its segment and to win national and international awards.
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